Jean de la Croix Tabaro

KNOW YOUR HISTORY: How King Rudahigwa dedicated Rwanda to Christ

By 1900, the first White Fathers had arrived in Rwanda to spread Christianity to the natives. According to history documents, a delegation including Monsignor Jean-Joseph Hirth visited King Yuhi (Mwami) Musinga in February 1900 to discuss a number of issues (religion inclusive). After the...

Wednesday, January 7, 2015, 12:00 AM

KNOW YOUR HISTORY: Nyagakecuru, the woman who rebelled against the king

Rebellion against authority is as old as humanity except in most cases it has been led by men. And Rwanda has not been any different. During the reign of some kings, a number of people, particularly men, tried to challenge the power of their leaders. But what made it even more interesting was the...

Wednesday, December 31, 2014, 12:00 AM

Busasamana: Where god sleeps

In many African societies, the king was considered a supreme creation or even a deity himself. This was the belief in Rwanda before the dawn of the Christianity era. Busasamana, a complex name whose roots come from ‘Gusasa’ (to lay a bed) and Imana (God), roughly translates as ‘...

Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 12:00 AM

Know Your History: Rukara, an icon of resistance to colonialists

Although King Mutara III Rudahigwa is famous for having resisted colonial rule at the end of the 18th century, many Rwandans believe Rukara Rwa Bishingwe was even more firm in his resistance to the whiteman’s leadership in Rwanda.  Rukara was born in Burera district, Northern Province...

Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 12:00 AM

Know your history: Inyambo, the lovely gentle cows

A cow is just a cow until you visit the King’s Palace Museum located in Rukari, Nyanza district, home to Inyambo- the traditional cows. Physically, these magnificent creatures are marked by their very long horns and dignified appearance; but their historical and cultural importance is even...

Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 12:00 AM

Know Your History: Mulindi where RPF did most of the planning during the struggle

Have you ever been to Mulindi, also known as “Umulindi w’Intwari’ before? If so, did you know that this hill in the current Mulindi sector, Gicumbi district in the Northern Province was RPF’s main commanding base during the 1990-1994 liberation struggle? It is for that...

Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 12:00 AM

The beauty of Ruhango District

When you visit the six major museums in the country, you will realise that they are all well versed with ancestors’ history and lifestyle. But you need to go beyond the museums if you are going to learn much more about the past of the country of a thousand hills. All it takes is to visit...

Thursday, August 28, 2014, 12:00 AM

Kamegeri Rock: When the architect of evil falls in own trap

Rwandan kings were famous for their wisdom, generosity and impartiality when resolving disputes. And Yuhi IV Gahindiro, the 22nd king of Rwanda (1746-1802), was not any different.  During Gahindiro’s reign, Kamegeri, who was his favourite servant (umuja w’akadasohoka) tried to...

Thursday, August 21, 2014, 12:00 AM

Nyagakecuru, the woman who rebelled against the King

Rebellion against authority is as old as humanity except in most cases it has been led by men. And Rwanda has not been any different. During the reign of some kings, a number of people, particularly men, tried to challenge the power of their leaders. But what made it even more interesting was the...

Thursday, August 7, 2014, 12:00 AM

Formerly shunned, shoes have now become the in-thing in every school

Olive, while studying at Gasave Primary School, in Gisozi Sector, Gasabo District in the 1980s, was ordered by a teacher to remove her shoes “because they were not allowed in class.” The teacher then told the nanny who had escorted Olive to school to take back the shoes home, leaving...

Wednesday, August 6, 2014, 12:00 AM

Rebooting education: Need to expand facilities

When former education minister Dr Vincent Biruta, handed over the docket to Prof Silas Lwakabamba in a tinny folder last week—it did not reveal the magnitude of the task the professor of engineering was about to embark on. Yet inside the small folder were huge challenges that the minister...

Sunday, August 3, 2014, 12:00 AM

City referral hospital on spot over broken CT scan

Vivien Munyaburanga and his family could not believe when a close relative who had been involved in a road accident, passed on hours after he was admitted at Kigali University Teaching Hospital (CHUK) on Tuesday. A Computerised Tomography Scanner (CT scanner) for the referral hospital, acquired...

Friday, August 1, 2014, 12:00 AM

City referral hospital on spot over broken CT scan

Vivien Munyaburanga and his family could not believe when a close relative who had been involved in a road accident, passed on hours after he was admitted at Kigali University Teaching Hospital (CHUK) on Tuesday. A Computerised Tomography Scanner (CT scanner) for the referral hospital, acquired...

Friday, August 1, 2014, 12:00 AM

How King Rudahigwa dedicated Rwanda to Christ

By 1900, the first White Fathers had arrived in Rwanda to spread Christianity to the natives. According to history documents, a delegation including Monsignor Jean-Joseph Hirth visited King Yuhi (Mwami) Musinga in February 1900 to discuss a number of issues (religion inclusive). After the...

Thursday, July 31, 2014, 12:00 AM

Umuganura to showcase national achievements

This year’s national harvest day celebration, locally known as Umuganura, will be used to showcase the country’s achievements across all sectors. The celebration that will go on for three days, instead of one as it was the case previously, will feature a cultural performance at...

Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 12:00 AM

Twegerane to 'Smart' buses: Tracing Kigali's winding road to modern public transport

When Francis Rangira, a veteran educationist now in his 90s, talks about absence of public transport in Kigali in the early 1950s, not even the most imaginative mind can paint a picture of how life was then. “There were no roads but footpaths. On a few murram roads we would sometimes see the king...

Monday, July 28, 2014, 12:00 AM

[INTERVIEW] University of Rwanda aims to be among top 20 in Africa

The Centre for World University Rankings last week released its 2014 edition dominated by American universities. In the region, Uganda’s Makerere University was ranked 7th in Africa and emerged number 891 globally. Jean de la Croix Tabaro asked Prof. Nelson Ijumba, the deputy...

Monday, July 28, 2014, 12:00 AM

Teachers at Gisimba Centre strike over salary

Teachers at Gisimba Memorial Centre School, Nyarugenge District, refused to give out end of term two reports to the more that 150 learners, in protest of delayed salary arrears. Not even hours of waiting could provide a breakthrough until lunch time, leaving several parents and students stranded...

Monday, July 28, 2014, 12:00 AM

Teachers at Gisimba Centre strike over salary

Teachers at Gisimba Memorial Centre School, Nyarugenge District, refused to give out end of term two reports to the more that 150 learners, in protest of delayed salary arrears. Not even hours of waiting could provide a breakthrough until lunch time, leaving several parents and students stranded...

Monday, July 28, 2014, 12:00 AM

[INTERVIEW] University of Rwanda aims to be among top 20 in Africa

The Centre for World University Rankings last week released its 2014 edition dominated by American universities. In the region, Uganda’s Makerere University was ranked 7th in Africa and emerged number 891 globally. Jean de la Croix Tabaro asked Prof. Nelson Ijumba, the deputy vice chancellor...

Sunday, July 27, 2014, 12:00 AM